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Old 03-15-2013, 04:05 PM   #11
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You could always add a little water throughout the boil to keep it at 14-14.5 gallons (a pint here a pint there). Then just add the last little bit to hit 15 gallons at the end.
This would get you or keep you at 15 gallons but would absolutely destroy your calculated IBUs. Everytime you add water your boil is going to stop. So you would never really know what your IBUs were unless you stopped your timer and restarted it at the boiling point you were previously boiling at. This would also make replicating the beer (if it happened to turn out magical) nearly impossible since the actual amount of time you were boiling would never be the same.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:44 PM   #12
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Not if it was hot (almost boiling) water. Like from a "hot-pot" kettle.

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Not if it was hot (almost boiling) water. Like from a "hot-pot" kettle.
If it was at a full boil and did not stop the wort from boiling, then yes that would work. Of if it was an African Swallow.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:59 PM   #14
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Sooooooo it is possible ......but you'll be making a 12 gallon batch with 15 gallon grain bill making your wort concentrated and then add three gallons of chilled water helping you cool your wort to pitch?

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Old 03-15-2013, 05:11 PM   #15
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Sooooooo it is possible ......but you'll be making a 12 gallon batch with 15 gallon grain bill making your wort concentrated and then add three gallons of chilled water helping you cool your wort to pitch?
I don't see a reason that wouldn't work unless there is a chemical reaction I am missing.
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The funny part is, I have been wanting to do it too but never really thought it through since I sort of assumed by keggle limited me (I never considered adding the water). My next question is, since I use RO water, and build it based on style, would I just be adding RO water with no salts added for the final 3 gallons? ? This would also allow me to chill my wort much faster if I had the water just above freezing, or even just freeze it. MMMMMmmmmm.....thanks Big Cat. I may have to give this a shot.

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Old 03-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #17
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If it was at a full boil and did not stop the wort from boiling, then yes that would work. Of if it was an African Swallow.
But African swallows are non-migratory.
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I don't see a reason that wouldn't work unless there is a chemical reaction I am missing.
There are only two considerations I can think of. One is maillard reactions- so if you were doing, say a Scottish 80 +/-, or another beer where you wanted to really have toasty maillard reactions it could be an issue. I think that's a very minor concern, though, and really nothing to worry about.

The other is hops utilization. If you were making a 75 IBU beer, I don't think it would be possible to do that with the addition of three gallons of water (1/5 of the volume).

Otherwise, I can't see an issue.
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There are only two considerations I can think of. One is maillard reactions- so if you were doing, say a Scottish 80 +/-, or another beer where you wanted to really have toasty maillard reactions it could be an issue. I think that's a very minor concern, though, and really nothing to worry about.

The other is hops utilization. If you were making a 75 IBU beer, I don't think it would be possible to do that with the addition of three gallons of water (1/5 of the volume).

Otherwise, I can't see an issue.
I would think that it would be best to mash 15 gallons worth, and split it into a 5 gallon batch and a 10 gallon batch, adjusting your hops schedule for the boil volumes then combining the two. But I dont think this is the direction the OP was headed with the question.
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I have done it, I have a 3 keggle system and I made 15 gallons twice. What I did was have a grain bill for 15 gallons and sparge for 15 gallons and took a second pot and drained 5ish gallons of run off and put it aside. The first time I added it back at 15 and brought back to a boil, the second time I added it back through out the boil. So it can be done just have to get creative.

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